The Powder Gate, Prague

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    Powder Gate

    by kris-t Updated Apr 25, 2012

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    A monumental entrance to the Old Town built by Matej Rejsek in the gothic style in 1475. Once it served as a gunpowder depot. In the late 19th century it was rebuilt.

    Today it houses an exhibition entitled "Prague Towers".

    You can climb the 186 steps inside to reach the viewing platform at 44 metres and enjoy views over the Old Town.

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    by mallyak Written Sep 4, 2010

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    The Powder Gate can trace its origins back to the 11th century, when the original gate was one of 13 entrances to Prague's Old Town.Today, the Powder Gate houses an exhibition entitled "Prague Towers" and photos by Ladislav Sitensky. It is also possible to climb the 186 steps inside to reach the viewing platform at 44 metres, to enjoy views over the Old Town.

    As with other historically important towers in Prague, the Powder Gate retains an appropriately sooty look that reflects its past.

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    Prasna brana

    by Veroali Updated Jul 26, 2010

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    The tower got the name "Powder gate" because there used to be a store of gunpowder. Powder gate is a special tower in Prague, has a long history. In the past, when the royal seat was in the Municipal house (notice erotic motives and paintings on the side towards Municipal house), there always begun the coronation way to Prague castle. The tower changed its name many times. The inspiration of the architectonic style comes probably from the Old town Tower. On the both sides stand two statues of czech kings: Jiri z Podebrad, Vladislav Jagelonsky, Karel IV. and Premysl Otakar II.
    The entrance fee is 70 Kc and opening hours 10-18 (usually).

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    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    Powder tower is 65 meters structure that could be named as start point of Prague Royal Route that continues to Prague castle on the other side of Vltava River. The Royal Route was used by Bohemian rulers till 1836. Actually tower both serves a function of gates, as an entrance to old town territory.

    Powder tower was built in 1475 at King Vladislav II times. Firstly it was called as a Mountain tower, but from 17th century it is known as Powder, due to gunpowder, that was kept here. Tower was damaged in Prussian occupation times (1757) and rebuilt in 19th century.

    It was the first famous object of medieval Prague I got to see starting my walk from National Museum metro station.

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    Find Out Why They CAll It POWDER TOWER (?)

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 11, 2009

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    Powder Tower/Gate, Prague. Czech Republic

    This is the first tower I saw in Prague --- the 65-meter tall Powder Tower/Gate!

    I’ve always wondered why it is called Powder Tower ---you will find out why below:

    But I do know that it was built in 1475 during the time of King Vladislav II who was my great great Uncle (I am just kidding, hehehe).

    And this tower used to be MOUNTAIN Tower, but they changed the name because it wass where gunpowder was stored in the 17th century…Now you know….

    Like most towers, this was also damaged during a war and was restored in the late 1800’s – and now it looks good as ever!

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    Powder Tower

    by tim07 Updated Jan 20, 2009

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    The 65 metre high gothic tower was built in 1475 by Matej Rejsek & is one of the entrances to the Old Town. It was used as a store for gunpowder, giving it the name the Powder Tower. In the 19th century it was reconstructed by the architect Josef Mocker.

    Exhibitions displaying the history of Prague & the tower are to be found inside.

    The tower is open daily March to October between 10-18 hrs.

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    Prašná brána

    by Helga67 Written Jan 21, 2007

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    The powder gate used to be one of the 13 entrances to the old town. It got its name in the 17th century when it was used for storing gunpowder. Nowadays there is a small exhibition about the tower and you can climb the stairs for great views of the old town.

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    Prasnà Bràna

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Dec 16, 2006

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    The abandonment of the Royal Court interrupted the works of the Powder Gate. In the 17th century it was used as deposit of the rifle dusts and from that period it brings the actual name. The principal reconstruction developed it in the eighties of the nineteenth century.

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    Prasnà Bràna

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Dec 16, 2006

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    The tower was built next to the Royal Court which rose on the place where today is located the Town House. The sovereigns had lived in the Royal Court since 1383 to 1483. In that period Vladislav Iagellone transferred the court to the Castle of Prague and the building was abandoned.

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    by Cristian_Uluru Written Dec 16, 2006

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    The Powder Gate (Prasnà Bràna) was one of the 13 gateways of the Old Town. The Powder Gate (65 meters tall) was erected in 1475 on the place of a preceding tower in Gothic style. In the fifteenth century it lost its defensive function and it became a representative symbol of the most important town of the Bohemian kingdom: the old town of Prague.

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    See the Powder Tower

    by dlandt Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Towards the edge of Stare Mesto is the Powder Tower, which looks a lot like the Old Town Bridge Tower. Originally it served as one of several gates through the city fortifications, but today is one of the more notable landmarks in the city.

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    The Powder Gate ( 4 Photos )

    by nicolaitan Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    This 65 meter tall tower stands at the site of one of the original 13 gates into Prague. Under the direction of King Vladislav II, reconstruction began in 1475 by master architect Matous Rejsek modelled after the Old Town Bridge Tower. It became the entrance to the city for visiting royalty and the beginning of the Royal Route to St. Vitus Cathedral for coronations for Bohemian kings. It acquired its name in the 17th Century as a storage place for gunpowder. Seriously damaged in the Prussian siege of 1757, it was again rebuilt in the 1880's. Darkened over the years by pollutants and the elements, the gold fixtures cleaned in the 1990's stand out strikingly against the dark background ( 3rd image ). The Tower houses a small museum.

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    Powder Gate

    by rcsparty Written Sep 20, 2006

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    The powder gate dates back to the 15th century, when it was one of 13 fortified gates into the old town. During the 17th century, it was used to store gunpowder, which is where it gets the name. The tower is a copy of the one on the Charles Bridge and marks the beginning of the Royal Route. The Route was used by Bohemian Royalty on their way to their coronation at St Vitus. The current look as done in the 1800's about 100 years after the Prussians damaged it during the invasion in the mid 1700's.

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    Old Town Powder Tower

    by von.otter Updated Sep 7, 2006

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    Old Town Powder Tower is the sole remaining fortification gate to Old Town; originally there were 13. The Tower was begun in 1475, and the present-day name comes from the 18th century, when it was used as a gunpowder storehouse. Its present look was shaped in the 19th century. The 140-foot-tall tower marks the beginning of the Royal Route, the traditional 3/4-mile-long route along which the monarchs of Bohemia paraded on their way to be crowned in the Cathedral of St. Vitus.

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    Powder Tower

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 30, 2006

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    Though this area has always hosted one of the city's gates, the Powder Tower was just recently built in 1475. It is easy to see that the Powder Tower was designed after the Charles Bridge tower on the Old Town side. Though partially destroyed in 1757 by Frederick the Great, it was rebuilt in 1875 to the original design.

    The tower is open for those who wish to climb to the top.

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